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DC’s Dale Steyn helps SA consolidate position against NZ
By IPL desk
Hamilton 16 March 2012
AB de Villiers scored a battling 83, while Dale Steyn took two wickets in nine overs, to put South Africa on top on Day 2 of the second Test against New Zealand here at Seddon Park, Hamilton. de villiers’ innings gave South Africa a first-innings lead of 68 runs against the hosts, while Steyn’s two-wicket haul before close of play ensured that the visitors had reduced the Kiwis to 65 for four at stumps.
South Africa resumed the day from their overnight score of 27 for the loss of two wickets from where they quickly slid to 88 for six thanks to some incisive bowling by Kiwi paceman Mark Gillespie (five for 59). But de Villiers, Royal Challengers Bangalore’s ace middle-order batsman, struck a patient 63-run stand with Mark Boucher for the seventh wicket, which saved the visitors from a humiliating collapse.
de Villiers brought up his 28th Test half-century off 85 deliveries and by the time he was dismissed, South Africa had already stretched their lead to 34 runs. Morne Morkel, the tall paceman who will turn out for Delhi Daredevils in IPL 2012, also came good with an unbeaten 35* that helped stretch the visitors’ score past 250.
Having taken a crucial lead, South Africa then went on to extend their dominance by taking four opposition wickets before stumps. Vernon Philander and Deccan Chargers’ Dale Steyn took two wickets each even as Kane Williamson remained unbeaten on 41.
New Zealand will now begin Day 3 trailing South Africa by three runs with six wickets in hand. Brief scores: New Zealand 1st innings 185/10 in 61.2 overs (Brendon McCullum 61, Ross Taylor 44, Vernon Philander 4/70, Dale Steyn 3/49) and New Zealand 2nd innings 65/4 in 31.0 overs (Kane Williamson 41*, Dale Steyn 2/10); South Africa 1st innings 253/10 in 77.3 overs (AB de Villiers 83, Morne Morkel 35*, Mark Gillespie 5/59)
CSK all-rounder to be second in command for Aus series
By IPL desk
Mumbai 15 March 2012
Chennai Super Kings all-rounder Dwayne Bravo was named vice-captain of the West Indies cricket team for their five-match ODI series against Australia.
The 28-year-old has replaced wicketkeeper-batsman Denesh Ramdin in the deputy skipper’s role. Ramdin, suffering from a fractured right thumb, has made way in the 13-man squad for Carlton Baugh.
Bravo, thrilled at returning to the squad after a six-month hiatus, promised to do his best for the national side.
"I was away from the team since last year and I'm happy to be back in the maroon shirt and representing the people of the West Indies," he said.
"It is special to be back on the team for a series in the Caribbean, where most of my fans are and where I get a lot of support. I'm looking to make this year a big year. I want to make 2012 my year."
Bravo last played for the Windies in the home one-day series against India last year. He was not in the team for the away tours to Bangladesh and India late last year.
Bravo acknowledged the importance of his new role in the side.
"I am happy to be named vice-captain. When I was asked to do the job, I happily accepted. As vice-captain, I know I have a very important job to do. My main job is to support captain Darren Sammy and work alongside him and help my teammates and put in those major performances for the team," he said.
West Indies Squad: Darren Sammy (captain), Denesh Ramdin (vice-captain), Tino Best, Devendra Bishoo, Darren Bravo, Dwayne Bravo, Johnson Charles, Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard, Kieran Powell, Kemar Roach, Andre Russell, Marlon Samuels